White Heat : Edie Kiglatuk

  • by M. J. McGrath
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • Series: Edie Kiglatuk
  • 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Half Inuit and half outsider, Edie Kiglatuk is the best guide in her corner of the Arctic. But as a woman, she gets only grudging respect from the elders who rule her isolated community on Ellesmere Island. When a man is shot and killed while out on an “authentic” Arctic adventure under her watch, the murder attracts the attention of police sergeant Derek Palliser. As Edie sets out to discover what those tourists were really after, she is shocked by the suicide of someone very close to her. Though these events are seemingly unrelated, Edie’s Inuit hunter sensibility tells her otherwise. With or without Derek’s help, she is determined to find the key to this connection—a search that takes her beyond her small village and into the far reaches of the tundra.
White Heat is a stunning debut novel set in an utterly foreign culture amid an unforgiving landscape of ice and rock, of spirit ancestors and never-rotting bones. A suspense-filled adventure story that will captivate fans of Henning Mankell’s bestselling mysteries, this book marks the start of an exciting new series.


What the Critics Say

“M.J. McGrath opens a window onto a fascinating and disappearing culture in this haunting mystery.” (Parade)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I really WANTED to like it...

What disappointed you about White Heat?

It was just so boring and none of the people seemed real to me. I did not care in the least what happened to anyone. I really kept trying and pushed through to the end, because all the other reviews were so good. I just never saw in it what others did. It was flat and lifeless for me, with neither energy nor depth.

What could M. J. McGrath have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I suppose, been a better writer...known how to bring the characters to life. I just love reading books set in other cultures and even the fact that this was a book set in a culture about which I know nothing did not make it worth the listen.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Had more inflection. Her way of speaking for the main character reminded me of the old stereotypically affectless voices used for the First People in old movies.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. So much disappointment... :o(

Any additional comments?

I just feel all the more bummed out because I had such high hopes about reading a book set in a whole new world for me. I even tried listening again to see if I was just in some sort of funk or something. Nope. Still really did not enjoy this book.

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- Zendegy

Wonderful story

I really enjoyed this story! The characters were very well developed and memorable, the narration was outstanding (leaving me with a no doubt false sense that I had a grasp of the Inuit language), and the plot and setting were great. Not the deepest book you'll ever read, but above average for a mystery, in my opinion. Listening to it through the heat of summer was especially refreshing as you enter a world where below freezing weather is comfortable and normal. A few inconsistencies in the story annoyed me, but they were quite minor (like the fact that she has a dog pack that conveniently appears in the story once or twice although she almost never has to feed or care for them). The dive into modern Inuit culture seemed (to my ignorant self) to be realistic, not overly romanticized as could so easily be the case. I wanted to spend time up there so badly by the end of the book....
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- FernT

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.